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Governor Tambuwal to enroll 1.4 million Children

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has launched a state-wide campaign to enroll 1.4 million children into primary schools in the state.

Speaking on Tuesday, about the campaign at Riji village in Rabah local government area of Sokoto, Governor Tambuwal had described the campaign as the largest enrolment drive in Nigeria.

Riji being the birthplace of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto.

He said the state government would reach out to communities and made do with a house-to-house advocacy program which will target 1.4 million new intakes during the enrolment period.

“The enrolment drive is a high level advocacy mechanism to ensure that all stakeholders partake in ensuring effective awareness and mobilization.

“It involves parents, guardians, communities, religious and traditional leaders as well as the School Based Management Committees (SMBCs).’’

The governor also stressed that the government sensitize communities and parents on the importance of enrolling their children in school and would as well empower relevant stakeholders to drive the campaign.

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“This will be achieved through empowerment of SBMCs, mothers’ associations, religious and traditional leaders and other stakeholders to conduct campaign in their communities.

Tambuwal further explained.

“They will, in addition, regularly track and monitor attendance of enrolled children in their respective schools and communities as part of their oversight responsibilities.”

Also seconding the governor’s plan, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, said the “ambitious’’ campaign was “realisable because of government’s target of integrating 4000 Qur’anic schools with existing school models, and other strategies.

“Moreover, the planning and implementation process for the enrollment drive involves working with state legislators and religious leaders as well as partnering with the media to successfully achieve the set objective.’’

Explaining how the campaign will be achieved, he added that the mobilization committee would collaborate with the National Population Commission for data of new births recorded in every community.

In a goodwill message, UNICEF acting Chief Field Officer for Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, Mr. Paul Mudzondo, described the event as unique and historic.

He noted that apart from the campaign to raise school enrolment, the “government has provided stipends to poor families to support enrolment and maintenance of children, especially girls, in schools.”

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